| THE OPTILANGUES
The Optilangues method allows
you to learn a foreign language in a quick, easy, and relaxed way. Moreover,
knowledge learned is retained permanently.
This method primarily uses the techniques of Suggestopedia, which have
been long proven effective in language learning, notably in the United
States and in western countries.
The “Monde de l’éducation” (World of education)
made a study on it which gives evidence to its effectiveness and guarantees
learning far higher than that of traditional methods.
For whom is this method?
For people, with different levels
of knowledge, who wish to learn a foreign language using a modern method,
where the relationship of the results obtained and time invested is exceptional.
According to one's current level and at the end of preliminary tests,
one will be directed, upon the accord of one's professor, to one of the
1- Beginner’s course: This course is for people
who do not have any knowledge of the language.
Objectives: At the end of the
course, the student should know basic grammar and acquire a vocabulary
of around 2000 words, which will allow him to express himself in the language,
and to have a good level of understanding.
2- Intermediate Course: This course is for people who
have certain knowledge of the language but are unable to express themselves
correctly, and whose comprehensions are unsatisfactory.
Objectives: At the end of the course, the student should master basic
grammar, as well as acquire vocabulary which will enable him to express
himself well, orally and in writing.
3- Advanced Course: This course is for people who can
already express themselves, but without precision, and lacks a rich vocabulary.
Objectives: At the end of the
course, the student should be able to consolidate their grammar skills
and acquire the necessary facility in using the language, the spontaneity
in expression, as well as a richer vocabulary.
The OPTILANGUES method is
based on four principles
- Appeal to the long-term memory
- Use of sub-conscious perception
- Development of unhoned capacities
- Involvement of the participant
Using this method, one will be asked to reread at home the dialogues
learned in class. But aside from that, no other work is required
of one, because the memorization phase starts during class under
the direction of the professor.
The intensive usage of the peripheral stimuli, which was carefully
studied and prepared, reinforces verbal learning and facilitates
One of the evident advantages of this method is the high rate of
memorization as well as the remnant duration of knowledge, which
lasts for several years only declining very little in the case wherein
the student has few chances of speaking the language during this
period. (Please see comparative table from “Monde de l’éducation”)
The atmosphere, very conducive to learning in the best conditions,
prepared and implemented by the professor is essential to the method.
The participant is placed in an ideal environment to allow him to
learn in an optimum and relaxed fashion.
Aside from an important and fast learning, this also gives one the
chance to have very enriching group experiences. This gives the
participant a better memory, the desire to continue studying, and
the pleasure of communicating in a foreign language.
The Schedule of the Course
The course is for 70 hours,
conducted from two to four weeks, with 3 hours and 30 minutes per
session. The basic dialogues, which are to be used during the course,
are written especially for the suggestopedic course. These dialogues
tell the story of 14 people.
During the training, each participant will permanently play one
of the 14 characters, and this new identity will allow him to actively
The first day of each lesson is the presentation of the text with
the classical music in the background. The participants will follow
the dialogue read by the teacher, check their comprehension while
looking at the translation, and underline the points which they
would like to go back to later on. This first reading of the text
is artistic, the voice of the teacher being interlaced with the
music, attributing to each sentence an affective content, accessing
through this the long-term memory. The participants reread the text
at home: at night before sleeping, and in the morning upon waking
up; these two times being the most favorable since we are relaxed,
thus more receptive. This reading in the anecdotal level is the
only work required during the duration of the training.
On the second day, a great part of the lesson is spent in reviewing
the dialogue. After the collective reading of each part of the text,
the students participate in a series of varied, amusing and stimulating
activities. The focus is on the communication in the group. The
trainees speak, communicate and check their progress. Then comes
the passive concert. Relaxed on their chairs, the trainees close
their eyes and listen to a second reading of the text with a background
of baroque music. The slow and solemn rhythm of the music makes
them more accessible, because this creates a state of relaxed concentration.
The third day is reserved for the second phase of development. The
activities go further than the dialogue, allowing the trainees to
use the materials acquired in a freer fashion. Sketches, songs,
jokes, usage of authentic documents enable them to use their creative
faculties and learn about the civilization of the country. This
fourth part is followed by a short evaluation making the trainees
realize all of the things they’ve learned, letting them transition
to the next lesson.
Each dialogue is thus worked on for 6 hours, together with a lot
of different activities, divided in three days, during which unhoned
capacities are put into use, and during which the non conscious
perception of the participants are stimulated to allow an intensive
and durable learning.
During the 70 hours, grammar review will be done regularly.